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The AGA Foundation invests in gastroenterology's future

Bethesda, Maryland (June 25, 2008) The Foundation for Digestive Health and Nutrition has announced the 2008 American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Foundation Student Research Fellowship Awards. The Student Research Fellowship Awards program was created by the AGA more than a decade ago to stimulate interest in gastroenterological (GI) research careers in high school, college and medical school students.

"There is an urgent need to help ensure that the youth who are the future of scientific research receive the encouragement and support they need to enter research careers," noted Sidney Cohen, MD, AGAF, Chairman of the Foundation. "Our Foundation has recognized the need to begin fostering an interest in the field at the earliest point in a student's academic career and to help them lay the groundwork for a successful research career."

The Student Research Fellowship Awards provides students with necessary support to fund a 10-week session of research in digestive diseases or nutrition under the supervision of an approved preceptor. Preceptors are AGA members who serve as full-time faculty members at accredited North American institutions.

The 2008 AGA Foundation The Eli and Edythe Broad Student Research Fellowships for high school students are:

  • Devin Boe, New Trier High School, Winnetka, IL who will be studying at University of Chicago.
  • Richard Li, River Hill High School, Howard County, MD, who will be studying at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
  • Yunzhou Li, Maggie L. Walker Governor's School, Richmond, VA, who will be studying at Virginia Commonwealth University.
  • Stephanie Owyang, Greenhills School, Ann Arbor, MI, who will be studying at the University of Michigan.
  • Hannah Turner, New Trier High School, Winnetka, IL, who will be studying at University of Chicago.

Additional recipients of the Student Research Fellowship Awards include:

  • Amber L.

Contact: Aimee Frank
American Gastroenterological Association

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